Ant-Man, the Wasp & the flop



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Neha Seenarine, Arts & Life Editor

Marvel Studios is worth an estimated value of $53 billion, according to Popverse, and it still puts on garbage production.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” was released in theaters on Feb. 17. In Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this film was supposed to feel familiar to audiences with Paul Rudd gracing the screen as Scott Lang, but it instead felt like a “Star Wars” parody. After all, Disney owns everything.

Before walking into the movie theater, I feared for Scott Lang’s life. The trailer depicted him with a bloody face as Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” played over it. I thought I was in for a gory, dark Marvel movie, but it was the complete opposite.

As a huge fan of Rudd, he is not to blame.

The film follows Lang’s retirement era after saving the world from Thanos. However, his daughter, Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), wants to do more for the world. She experiments by sending signals to the quantum realm, a dimension that can be entered from Earth by compressing a human’s mass to a certain point. The signal she sent was corrupted and sent Scott Lang, Cassie Lang, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) down to the realm.

In “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, released in 2018, the plot revealed Janet Van Dyne spent over 30 years trapped in the quantum realm. She is the navigator of the group. She knows the ins and outs of the dimension – but kept her secrets away from her family, including an affair and meeting Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors).

The first half of “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” felt like a fever dream. It is just like the “Fast & Furious” franchise – it harps on the theme of family and gets more ridiculous as the scenes progress. Ant-Man is seen as the comic-relief superhero of the MCU, however, trying to count all seven holes Scott Lang had in his body left me puzzled in the movie theater.

The film did not mean anything to me until Kang the Conqueror entered the picture. He is the next MCU villain that all Avengers should be afraid of — he is big and he can kick some butt. Kang’s main mission is to rule multiple universes in different timelines.

Kang uses Scott Lang’s biggest weakness to his advantage – the thought of losing his daughter. As good of a father as Scott Lang is, Newton’s portrayal of Cassie Lang did nothing for me. Marvel Studios originally cast Emma Fuhrmann in “Avengers Endgame” as Cassie Lang. Although Fuhrmann had 20 seconds of screen time, audiences were able to feel the connection between her and Rudd. However, Newton did not fit the role of being Ant-Man’s favorite sidekick.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Regarding the future of MCU movies, this film does not set up much of what’s to come unless you stick around for the end credit scenes. Also, as a huge fan of the superhero, this is not a movie I’d go back to watch willingly because the plot doesn’t do much for me. It’s fun for a family movie night, but there is nothing more memorable than Scott Lang getting charged $12 for a coffee.